Over the years, cosmetic dentistry has undergone major changes and has advanced to remarkable levels on several fronts. New technologies and other advancements have been very rewarding for the patients as well as the cosmetic dentistry industry. The materials used now are much more effective in performance and have proven to have improved the aesthetics to a great level. Even the various equipment used for the various dental procedures have evolved and as a result, the overall trend in service delivery has also improved. With the dental procedures being carried out by various specialists and the improvement in technical procedures as well as the materials used, the procedures are far less invasive when compared to the past. Here are the top few cosmetic dentistry trends and advancements which have successfully changed the face of this industry giving an instant makeover to the smiles of millions of individuals.
1. Teeth Whitening
Teeth Whitening is one of the first procedures to be introduced by the cosmetic dentistry for aesthetic purposes. This is a completely non-invasive procedure which removes the yellow stains on one’s teeth caused due to food and drinking habits. Unlike the earlier times, these days the patients prefer a more natural and healthy looking white teeth than having overly white and unnatural looking teeth. Getting the teeth overly white can even damage and weaken the enamel.
Veneers is a material which is used for improving the aesthetic appearance of the teeth. They are very thin shells of porcelain which are custom made according to the required shape and size. This is a non-conservative way of fixing and modifying the shape, colour and spacing issues of the tooth on which it is employed. This procedure does not require the use of local anaesthetic and is a fairly easy procedure but it is non-reversible.
Mild spacing issues, colour, shape or shade correction can be done by the use of crowns. Crowns are majorly used as a support to the tooth when the patient has undergone a root canal treatment or any other treatment which can cause future cracks or fracture of the tooth. After the tooth undergoes heavy restoration or an invasive procedure like root canal if it is not protected with a crown the patients may face a lot of issues like pain while biting, increased tooth sensitivity etc. The crown is seated on the tooth after the dental procedure in such a way that it completely encases the tooth. These crowns drastically improve the appearance and strength of the tooth and can last up to 15 years based on the material used.
4. Bridge Fabrication
Many people lose their teeth due to many situations. Even one missing tooth can affect the way the teeth function and can even deteriorate the appearance of the smile. This problem can be solved by the bridge fabrication procedure. In this treatment, the bridge is made out of three crowns which would cover the empty space as well as the front and back tooth of the empty space. Tooth implants can also be used to replace the missing tooth but bridge fabrication is less expensive and much faster due to which many patients prefer this over tooth implant.
Not everybody is born with perfect teeth and over the years the lifestyle and other factors tend to damage the teeth. With the many advancements in cosmetic dentistry industry, one can now get the perfect teeth with simple non-invasive procedures.